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When should you bring a child to hospital?

There are obvious answers. Any child should go to an emergency department if they’ve been knocked unconscious or are struggling to breath. For less serious problems, like broken bones and infections, they can go to minor injuries units and urgent care centres. However, the majority of children do not attend paediatric emergency departments (PED) because […]

December 19, 2017


Data science at BIT – first year report

This morning sees the publication of BIT’s first data science report. It marks the culmination of twelve months of work by our data science team, which was inaugurated in January 2017. The team have worked across policy areas from education to health to children’s social care and road safety, and made use of techniques including […]

December 14, 2017


Helping everyone reach their potential: new education results

A successful education system is one in which everyone is helped to reach their potential. Behavioural science can help us better understand and tackle the barriers that people of all ages face, regardless of the route they choose to pursue. Today we are sharing with you two results that demonstrate how behavioural insights can have […]

October 16, 2017


Helping more people take up free pension guidance: new results

With most people spending at least 25 years in retirement, deciding what to do with your pension pot is one of the most significant financial decisions you can make. And yet it is also one of the most complicated. Today we are publishing the results of three randomised control trials encouraging UK consumers to access […]

October 14, 2017


Keeping projects on track: Overcoming cognitive biases in project planning and delivery

Much of our work focuses on how policymakers can use a more sophisticated understanding of behaviour to make better policy, and this includes thinking about the cognitive biases that affect all of us. However these same psychological quirks also affect policymakers in their own work – so how can we improve these organisational decisions? We […]

August 15, 2017


Increasing tax payments in Costa Rica

Over the past few years, BIT has implemented a number of successful trials using letters to remind people to pay their taxes. In March 2015, we ran our first trial in Costa Rica. In this case we tested sending emails – an even lower cost intervention than letters. Working with Anne Brockmeyer and Marco Hernandez […]

September 22, 2016


The Behavioural Insights Team’s Update Report: 2015-16

Today we are publishing the latest in a series of annual Update Reports. It’s a proud moment for the team – and for the hundreds of government officials, funders, academics, clinicians, police officers, teachers and other practitioners we’ve worked with over the past year – giving us a chance to reflect on what we’ve collectively […]

September 15, 2016


Designing a behaviourally informed banking market

Last week the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published the final report of their retail banking market investigation. The CMA has identified that currently, only a tiny proportion of customers switch to a different bank in any year; despite the fact that many of them could save about £90 a year by switching. A quarter […]

August 16, 2016


How do social workers make decisions?

Reform of the children’s social care system is a key priority for the current Government and last week the Department for Education released a policy paper setting out their vision for the sector. This paper included details of the Department’s ongoing programme of reform, including workforce accreditation and new structural models of accountability and delivery. […]

July 11, 2016


Five factors for supporting people to take a more active role in health and wellbeing

Today we launch a report, as part of the Realising the Value consortium, that aims to show how people themselves can take more active roles in their own health and care. They, along with their communities, can create self-care routines which boost health and wellbeing. The potential value of this approach is often underappreciated by […]

March 22, 2016